There was always a deck of cards in our home and as kids we would play simple games such as Snap and Beggar my Neighbor or even Old Maid with each other
Even when alone hours might be spent playing Patience until bored and with that I would decide to make a house of cards myself and see how high I could build them until they fell over in a heap.
Being kids we found a better game to play by flicking the cards against a wall to see whose card landed nearest only to be told off afterwards by Dad because the cards were now bent.
Then at Christmas time when relatives came, everyone wanted to do something as a group and would sit in a circle and play Chase the Ace hoping you didn’t get the Ace that was a low card but if you did could pass it on for a higher one or better still being dealt a king and showing it straight away knowing you couldn’t lose that round.
Eventually when grown up you would play Bridge or gambling games when things got complicated with everybody looking so serious and not laughing at all.
I think I have a deck of cards somewhere around the house now but so few people play anymore unless they do so by themselves on the computer like everything else these days.
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